Deaths by firearm-related injuries in the U.S. 1970-2016 by gender
Homicides from firearms
Homicides account for a large portion of firearm-related deaths. In 2017, there were almost 11,000 homicides by firearm in the United States. In fact, as of that time, homicides by firearm accounted for around 72.6 percent of all homicides in the U.S. Handguns are the most commonly used firearm for homicide.
Firearms regulation, or gun control, remains a relevant and divisive issue in the U.S. However, the ownership of legal firearms is widespread. As of 2018, around 43 percent of households had at least one firearm, an increase from recent years. Unsurprisingly, just as men have a higher death rate from firearms, they also have a much higher firearm ownership rate.